Whiplash
Little Fish



Little Fish have seemingly swam right out of the ocean, climbed upon the shore and dropped from no where. The band, a guitar and drum duo named JuJu and Nez respectively have had a crazy ride in the last year since their beginnings in Oxford.

Front woman JuJu says if the inspiration behind new single 'Whiplash' -”Life is naked without the one that you want. World of paranoia. It all gives you Whiplash. Sometimes, we rock. People who are part of our lives, people who we interact with, make us rock back and forth through emotion and indecision. We don't know where we stand with ourselves or with others. In this world, these people can make us paranoid. Make us feel lonely. Fill us with both pleasure and pain. They give 'Whiplash'. We get heart attacks.”

This certainly follows her explanation that songs “write away our sickness” and this particular song comes across as a cathartic onslaught of raw riffs and yearning melody.

With it's thrashing guitars and it's post punk stomp, the song is definitely reminiscent of all the things that made Blondie great, with perhaps a slice of Joan Jett thrown in for good measure.

It is rockabilly punk at its finest and will let your mind wander to grime and dirt filled back rooms where the floor is sticky and the music is loud. And with raw vocals and raw swagger, Little Fish seem to be making waves and no doubt have a lot more to give.

Whiplash will be released digitally on August 9th and physically August 23rd.




So Sad (Fade)

Love Amongst Ruin



Love Amongst Ruin is the brain child of former Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt.

Having departed the known band back in 2007 he has been channelling his energy into a very personal album and now returns as the front man of Love Amongst Ruin, a multi-faceted hard rock band with the crunch of a stone age queen, the crossover appeal of a parkful of linkins and the melodicism of the hardiest fighter of foos.

Their début single 'So Sad (Fade)' is a love song.

But it is an angry love song. With its sharp and gritty guitars and it's steady drums it moves faster than an amble along the cliff tops on a biting autumn day. Angry vocals change to softer more caring in the move from verse to chorus, which only adds to the appeal of the track's raw emotive and vulnerable sound.

In essence, is this an angry love song or an angry song about love? That my friends is for you to decide.





Wishing He Was Dead
The Like




Finding an exquisite balance between the 60's girl group and British Invasion sounds they adore, and a lyrical point of view that can only be described as impossibly modern, LA based quartet The Like have come into their own.

'Wishing He Was Dead' is a biting riposte to a cheating lover who might just regret his follies. Lead vocalist and guitarist Z Berg explains, "Wishing He Was Dead is a song for every girl who's been conned, cheated, wounded and bamboozled. After all what girl hasn't? It's just a fun little ditty about wishing ill on the one who wronged you.

The Like are the 1960's encompassed in a wry, gritty girl group who are ballsy whilst remaining sweet and sassy. A little like the girls next door. They look sweet enough, but they have a bite. And with retro-neuvo sounds such as this, it's plain to see why they are on trend and set to go far this year.


With wry lines like 'If I could snap that neck, that broken record trainwreck, I might feel okay... Cause I just can't forgive and forget, When I'm through with him, He will be wishing he was dead', this sharp stompathon rings out like a rumble between Nancy Sinatra and Girls Aloud, if they were to actually ask their men to deliver on 'The Promise'.


'Wishing He Was Dead' is released August 23rd.

 

 

 


One
Sky Ferreira



Sky Ferreira launched her début single with the Rankin-shot video which has been greeted with great acclaim.

'One' is an ethereal, robotic, electro-dance pop number. With it's repeat heavy dreamy vocals it is being heralded as a modern pop triumph. Shimmering power sprinkled with insistent hooks it is rather catchy.

However, while the song itself is good and shimmery and latches onto your brain, it does seem very reminiscent of the early 2000's when a lot of pop acts attempted to make it with dance pop numbers. It is like we said catchy and memorable, but only for a moment until the next new thing comes along.

'One' is released on August 23rd.



Whiplash
Little Fish




Little Fish have seemingly swam right out of the ocean, climbed upon the shore and dropped from no where. The band, a guitar and drum duo named JuJu and Nez respectively have had a crazy ride in the last year since their beginnings in Oxford.

Front woman JuJu says if the inspiration behind new single 'Whiplash' -"Life is naked without the one that you want. World of paranoia. It all gives you Whiplash. Sometimes, we rock. People who are part of our lives, people who we interact with, make us rock back and forth through emotion and indecision. We don't know where we stand with ourselves or with others. In this world, these people can make us paranoid. Make us feel lonely. Fill us with both pleasure and pain. They give 'Whiplash'. We get heart attacks."

This certainly follows her explanation that songs "write away our sickness" and this particular song comes across as a cathartic onslaught of raw riffs and yearning melody. With it's thrashing guitars and it's post punk stomp, the song is definitely reminiscent of all the things that made Blondie great, with perhaps a slice of Joan Jett thrown in for good measure.

 

It is rockabilly punk at its finest and will let your mind wander to grime and dirt filled back rooms where the floor is sticky and the music is loud. And with raw vocals and raw swagger, Little Fish seem to be making waves and no doubt have a lot more to give.

 

Whiplash will be released digitally on August 9th and physically August 23rd.

 

  

A Sun/Ahh Ahh
Tweak Bird




Anyone with a like for good and proper 'stoner' rock, will appreciate the newest release from Tweak Bird.

 

'A Sun/Ahh Ahh' is an addictive steady track, with an almost stomping beat driving it along. Reminiscent of Kyuss with the drip-drip Dana Colley like sax squall. And with it a fresh take on good classic rock.

 

Tweak Bird are out on their own or, as they like to alternatively phrase it;
"Our influences don't exist. They are made up."




Labyrinth
Tex Taiwan



Belgian Antwerp-based duo Tex Taiwan release their début single 'Labyrinth' May 10.

'Labyrinth' is a sparkling number full of lilting electronic beats, very much reminiscent of early Nintendo gaming classics.
With almost growling vocals in a pseudo spoken song. Tex Taiwan will have you dancing in no time. 

 




All The Pretty Girls

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The opening of this song is a little of a surprise and takes you back to the days when Queen ruled the airwaves. And that is a good thing.

'All The Pretty Girls' is light, breezy and fun. Full to the point of bursting with gloriously rich prolix lyricism.

As well as intricate and playful twists and turns of the melody which allow Ruess' voice to soar throughout.

If you haven't welcomed fun. into your life by now, well you better get to it.




American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem




A leap in the right direction for The Gaslight Anthem as they release their new single 'American Slang'.

Still in keeping with the strains of their last album 'The 59 Sound', the new single gives us a peek into what to look forward to.

Housing a more summery sound, 'American Slang' is a whimsical little number that harks back to a bygone day, and with it The Gaslight Anthem are once again set to impress.




Prophecy

Detroit Social Club




Anthemic, hypnotic and would definitely not be out of place on a film score. 'Prophecy' is as cited a musical exorcism of Northern blues, rock n soul.

A prophecy within itself building into a wonderfully guitar driven song. With its strangely relaxing chanting and its compulsive hand-clapping, Detroit Social Club have created something magical in time for the start of Summer Solstice.

It wouldn't surprise us if everyone was singing the chorus within the coming days.



The Living

Performance




Indie pop trio Performance's new track 'The Living' is a head bobbing number, which has a summery festival vibe, that will transport you to fields of long grass, wild flowers and sunshine.

 

A glittering, joyous thrill of a song on the surface, but listen carefully and you'll notice that lyrically it is dark and ominous.
On occasion you can hear reminiscent strains of Baby Bird and Deep Blue Something. This however is only in passing as the track itself is a fresh take on capturing the ecstasy and misery of brilliant English pop.




Splash

Sub Focus feat. Coco




'Splash' is a magical, almost indie sounding track with a sort of dubstep aftertaste that then builds into a memorable chorus.
Coco's vocals lend an edge to the track that makes it more than your average techno groove.

The contrast between the rough vocal delivery from Coco and the slick techno groove and powerful guitar riffs is stunning, and something that sounds new and fresh.

Definitely one for the summer.




Watercolour

Pendulum




From the first strains you know that 'Watercolour' is going to evolve into something of grandeur, and it doesn't disappoint.

 

Amidst fast beats, flourishes of horns and an atmospheric, tension building breakdown 'Watercolour' finds Rob Swire's vocals alternating between full blooded energy and an almost eerie distortion.

 

Another glorious track for those summer days.


 



Innocence

Nero




'Innocence' could be sited as an instant dubstep classic.
With its sweeping and euphoric introduction, it breaks into a grandiose feast of dramatic keys.
Hitting its full stride midway by breaking into a crescendo of beats and synths.

The hauntingly eerie vocals are torn to pieces by a monstrous bass line.
Could this be one of today's club classics? It's possible.





I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

K-OS



'I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman' remixes and flips Phantom Planet's 'California' featuring Nelly Furtado and rapper Saukrates.

The perfect song for summer with its catchy hook of harmonizing between K-OS, Saukrates and Nelly Furtado.
With its feel good vibes it's the perfect antithesis to what feels like the longest, darkest winter on record.

On hearing that it was a hip-hop infused sampling of the theme from 'The OC', the first reaction would probably be that it shouldn't work, but it does. A very catchy song that stays exciting no matter how many times you listen to it.

With this single, K-OS gives us a taste of what's to come and no doubt his album is going to be just as good.